No. 1 Terps Blank Davidson, 3-0, For Second Straight Shutout
Oct. 13, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The top-ranked Maryland Terrapins (13-1, 2-1 ACC) received a contribution from every active member of the squad and redshirt-freshman goalie Tori Cano (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) posted a shutout in her first career start in a 3-0 victory over Davidson (5-9, 3-1 NorPac) on Sunday. The Terp field hockey team, which went 16 players deep into its bench midway into the first half, posted its second shutout in as many days in earning the win and extend their current win streak to six games.
"Our main goal today was to two-touch the ball, which I think we did quite well, and also to give many of our players an opportunity to play," said Maryland's four-time national coach of the year Missy Meharg. "I think it is a credit to our team that we pulled away from this weekend with two shutouts from two different goalkeepers."
Redshirt freshman Amber McQuillan (Coopersburg, Pa.), making her second career start, scored what would prove to be the game-winner in the seventh minute of the contest. After Wildcat keeper Sarah Nolan saved a penalty corner rocket by Terp sophomore Sara Silvetti (Wapwallopen, Pa.), senior Izzy Palmer (Malvern, England) skipped a pass to McQuillan, who was waiting on the right post to bury it.
The Terrapins capitalized on another scoring opportunity in the 12th minute. After Davidson's Molly Blackman made a defensive save on a shot by Terp rookie Tiffany Marsh (Marathon, N.Y.), another Wildcat defender was whistled for stopping the ball on the goal line with her foot. Terrapin senior Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) converted on her second penalty stroke opportunity in two games to put the Terps ahead, 2-0.
With all of the active players on Maryland's roster on the field, the Terrapins rounded out the scoring in the 20th minute of the first half. A loose ball on a penalty corner opportunity was captured by Silvetti, who skipped it to fellow defensive back Emily Boyer (Oak Park, Ill.). Boyer ripped a shot through Nolan's legs for the Terps' final goal of the afternoon. The Davidson keeper allowed three scores on the day, but made an impressive 12 second-half saves to keep the Terps from causing further damage.
The No. 1 Terrapins have now won six consecutive games, and take that streak to the home of their non-conference nemesis, Old Dominion, on Saturday. The Terrapins and No. 3 Monarchs meet for the second time this season, this time in Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. Maryland captured the first meeting, 2-0 on Sept. 8 in College Park.
1st 2nd Tot. Davidson (5-9, 3-1 NorPac) 0 0 -- 0 No. 1 Maryland (13-1, 2-1 ACC) 3 0 -- 3
GOALS: Davidson - None. Maryland - Amber McQuillan (Izzy Palmer), 6:22 (1st); Carissa Messimer (un (PS)), 11:28 (1st); Emily Boyer (Sara Silvetti), 19:49 (1st). SHOTS: Davidson 2, Maryland 25. PENALTY CORNERS: Davidson 3, Maryland 21. CARDS: Davidson - None. Maryland - Tiffany Marsh (Green), 43:11 (2nd). SAVES: Davidson - Sarah Nolan (15 saves, 3 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). Maryland - Tori Cano (1 save, 0 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 297.